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Published: 11 December 2013

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification had 2.2 million participants in 2012

According to data collected by Statistics Finland from educational institutions, a total of 5.5 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification, which is two per cent less than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) was half a per cent less than in the previous year, totalled 2.2 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2012

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 116 572 41 421 834
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 4 813 74 53 719
Employment training for adults 59 488 49 1 174 666
Courses ordered by the employer 201 723 47 335 139
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 677 441 73 2 938 349
Open polytechnic teaching 14 356 66 269 872
Open university teaching 1) 44 615 79 70 510
Other education 100 977 55 249 565
Total 2 219 985 67 5 513 654
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

The highest number of participants attended education organised as liberal adult education, where the gross number of students was 1.7 million and their net number was 980,000. The number of teaching hours was also highest in liberal adult education, at 2.9 million hours. The highest share (29 per cent) of all the teaching hours given in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, especially in crafts and design.

In 2012, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school in upper secondary general schools, folk high schools, adult education centres and vocational institutes numbered 2,530, of whom 1,650 were studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 880 attended additional education (10th grade).

Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Riitta Auvinen 09 1734 3569,

Director in charge: Riitta Harala

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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2012. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 3.3.2024].
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